Communication at PALS

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to various tools and strategies used to support communication for individuals who struggle with natural speech. For children with autism, AAC can be especially beneficial in developing language skills and social interactions.

AAC strategies range from the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to electronic devices such as iPads with AAC software and even includes sign language. At PALS, students learn how to use AAC that is tailored to their needs.

By integrating AAC into their communication, our students can enhance their independence and autonomy. In summary, AAC offers a range of tools and strategies to support communication and language development for people who face speech-related challenges. With AAC, children can learn to communicate more effectively, express themselves more clearly, and engage in meaningful interactions with others. At PALS we help children with autism develop communication skills and find their voice.

Grid for iPad

Grid for iPad is an AAC software that is commonly used at PALS. Grid was developed by Smartbox Assistive Technology and is available on the Apple App Store to download for free (link). Although free to download, Grid is a monthly subscription-based service costing €14.99 p/m. Grid allows students to communicate by touching various symbols and images on the screen which are then spoken through the speakers on the device. Students at PALS begin learning to communicate with Grid using Super Core Learning. Watch the short video below to learn more about Super Core Grid set.

You can learn more about Grid on Smartbox's web page.

Getting Started

Smartbox also provide very useful resources and support on their website. Click here to get started!